The many meanings of Rio’s massive Christ statue

Author: Rebecca Corrente

With the eyes of the world trained on Rio, American Studies Chair Thomas Tweed discusses the significance of the city's most famous landmark.

By Michelle Boorstein 
August 9

The 125-foot, concrete statue on a mountain overlooking Rio couldn’t appear more straightforward: It’s a giant Jesus with His arms outstretched.

“Christ the Redeemer” — or “Cristo Redentor” — rises almost a half-mile into the Rio sky, and is perhaps the most recognizable Christian image in Latin America.

Yet Cristo’s meaning to Brazilians varies.

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